25 June 2018

Companies Get Favorable Ruling From SC

Supreme Court Ruling
The U.S. Supreme Court delivered the right decision last 21 May to the rights of workers by allowing companies to require them to sign away their ability to bring class-action claims against management, agreements already in place for about 25 million employees.

The justices, in a 5-4 ruling, endorsed the legality of the growing practice by companies to compel workers to sign arbitration agreements waiving their right to bring class-action claims on various disputes, primarily over wages and hours.

22 June 2018

Italy-Austria Alliance Against Illegal Migrants in Europe

Italy-Austria Alliance
A meeting of Italy's anti-migrant interior minister with like-minded Austrian populist leaders last 20 June in Rome heralded a new hard-line alliance forming in Europe on migration issues with pledges to more firmly protect Europe's southern border.

Italy's interior minister, Matteo Salvini, leveraged on his recent refusal to allow landfall in Sicily to a ship carrying some 630 migrants rescued at sea off the Libyan coast. The new Socialist government in Spain agreed to take them in, acknowledging Europe had abandoned Italy, after the tiny island nation of Malta also balked.

18 June 2018

Iowa Bans "Sanctuary Cities"

Sanctuary No More
Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds signed legislation recently banning sanctuary city policies in the State of Iowa.

Senate File 481 directs state law enforcement agencies to fully comply with detainer notices issued by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and bars local entities from adopting or enforcing any policy that "discourages the enforcement of immigration laws."

08 June 2018

SC Rules 7-2 In Favor of the Baker

Seven-Two
After the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of a Colorado baker who refused to bake a wedding cake for a gay couple, there was a thunderous celebration from all corners of the United States.

The evangelical community declared the 7-2 decision a win for religious freedom, while their supporters hailed the decision as the start of a new beginning.

06 June 2018

President Duterte Putting UN Expert In their Place

President Duterte
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte lashed out last 3 June at another U.N. human rights expert for making critical remarks about his supposed role in the expulsion of the chief justice, telling him "to go to hell."

Duterte dismissed the remarks of Diego Garcia-Sayan and told him not to meddle in domestic problems. Duterte was replying to a reporter's question before flying on a visit to South Korea.